Leilehua DB Charles Watson to announce commitment today, Hawaii among six options

Watson will decide on one of six schools tonight on KHON2's News at 6.

Wahiawa (Hawaii) Leilehua defensive back Charles Watson is making his commitment decision today and Hawaii ranks among his options.


Watson recently announced the six schools he is considering, which includes Hawaii, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Diego State, Vanderbilt and Washington State.

Back in April, Watson told WarriorSportsNetwork that if he had to commit then, Hawaii would be the favorite at about “80 percent,” but new offers from the likes of Vanderbilt and Oregon State have come since then. Watson has been one of Hawaii’s top targets in the 2017 class.

“(Defensive Coordinator Kevin Lempa) said I’m number one on his board, which means a lot to me,” Watson told WSN. “I’m number one to him so he wants me more than he wants anyone else.”


Watson also told WSN that a family atmosphere and favorable coaching staff would play the biggest role in the school he picks.

“I think that’s what is going to be a big part of wherever I go is the coaching staff and family atmosphere,” Watson said. “At Hawaii, it’s like a family when you go there. I feel it already. Being part of a family is a big thing to me.”

On the field, Watson measures in at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, making him an attractive option for schools to slot in as a cornerback.


“Tall and long-armed corners are becoming a big factor to a lot of defensive coaches,” Watson said. “They like lanky guys that are fast that they can build. For the most part, everybody is recruiting me at corner.

Watson's decision can be viewed tonight on KHON2 during the 6 p.m. HT hour, or streamed online here: http://khon2.com/live-stream/

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